A homeless Sunderland teenager will perform live on the BBC’s flagship Easter programme.
Djanny Wele has lived in a Monkwearmouth hostel run by leading youth homelessness charity Centrepoint since last December, after leaving home at 15 due to the breakdown of his relationship with his dad.
The 18-year-old will sing a newly composed song as part of a choir on The Great North Passion, to be broadcast live on BBC One at Noon on Good Friday.
During the event, a short interview will be broadcast which shows how his personal experiences were worked into the song.
Djanny said: “One of the lines in the song is ‘I am searching for a love, a love that was lost’.
“When I became homeless I was lost, I didn’t want to come to Centrepoint. Now I realise the staff are brilliant, they do a great job and they care about me and the other people here, so I don’t feel lost anymore.”
“It is great that my own words are in the song. I’ve never sung in front of a big audience before, I am looking forward to it.”
Djanny will perform in front of the thousands due to gather at Bents Park in South Shields.